Vacation Packing 101

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Vacation Packing Success

Even the best-laid plans can sometimes miss the mark. When traveling, calculating ever last detail isn’t always the best way to authentically experience what a destination has to offer. But, everyone agrees that covering the most basic elements of comfort is necessary before taking off on your adventure. Vacation packing may seem trivial when your big plans are being bolted down, but this is one place we like to pay a lot of attention. What you bring, and don’t bring will ultimately help shape your tour.

Less is more. When traveling don’t weigh yourself down with life’s baggage. Stick to the basics and of course those items you can’t function without. Avoid dressing for every possible event or outcome, and instead, seek out clothing and shoes that do double, or triple duty. Vacation Packing success comes from culling out those items that solve the “maybe” moments and leaving room for trinkets, memories, and less to carry.

The Must-Haves

While we’d like to see you set yourself free from carrying too much, there are some items you just can’t find with ease when abroad. This short list has some additions specific to Cuba, where even the most basic toiletries can sometimes be hard to come by. In general, make sure you pack:

  • Medications and back-up prescriptions for life-saving items
  • Contact lenses and glasses
  • Passport, plus a photocopy to store in your bag
  • Weather appropriate walking clothes
  • One to two nicer outfits for dining out
  • Casual shorts, skirts or light pants that can be dressed up for dinner or down for the museum
  • A light jacket or sweater
  • Good shoes – Look for shoes that can pull double duty to save room in your bag. On all our tours expect to walk a lot as we taste and explore the region’s cuisines. A pair of suitable walking shoes is a life saver!

*In Cuba, basic toiletries can be hard to come by. We suggest you bring all toothbrushes, paste, soaps, shampoos, hair essentials and restroom necessaries with you on tour. You could even bring a few extra to leave with your hosts.

What not to bring:
Heavy coats – unless traveling in winter to a snowy destination like Alaska
Multiple pairs of dress shoes – You won’t need them very often and they take up room!
Extra hats and sweaters – Why not purchase one at your destination to savor your time there?